The Passing of Senator John McCain

John_McCainWords cannot express the depth of gratitude we feel for the many years we fought together with Senator John McCain to improve health for the people of Arizona. As you likely already know, we lost Senator McCain to brain cancer this weekend. The enormous impact he had on millions of lives in our great state will never be forgotten. And our debt to his service can never be repaid.

Senator’s McCain’s daughter, Meghan, wrote a moving tribute to her father which, in part, read:

“I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever-present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman — and he showed me what it is to be a man.

All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.” 

Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association President & CEO Greg Vigdor said this about the loss of Senator McCain.

“We are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Senator John Sidney McCain. He lived his life according to a simple set of values guided by honor, character and country above self. Our nation will miss him greatly.

On behalf of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, we honor Senator McCain for a lifetime of service and offer our heartfelt condolences to the McCain family during this difficult time.”

Senator McCain will be memorialized this week and buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis next weekend, right next to a lifelong friend.

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